SBIR Phase II: Algebra Immersion Robotics

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0924706
Agency Tracking Number: 0740928
Amount: $500,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: IT
Solicitation Number: NSF 07-551
Small Business Information
1 Hopkins St., Montpelier, VT, 05602
DUNS: 780073503
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Richard Carter
 (802) 223-3044
Business Contact
 Richard Carter
Title: DPhil
Phone: (802) 223-3044
Research Institution
This Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase II project uses an iterative design research method to investigate the technical and curricular innovations need to maximize the algebra learning value of educational robotics. The research objectives of this project address: 1) software tools to make core algebra concepts accessible and useful in a robotics context; 2) activity design; 3) curricular architecture; and 4) evaluation, including summative evaluation of learning outcomes. If successful, this SBIR Phase II project will lead to products enabling over a million young people to gain confidence and conceptual grounding in algebra. The project will help to break down the artificial and detrimental wall between school mathematics and the tools and concepts that underlie the information economy. Finally, this research will demonstrate advances in the structure of learning environments, showing how rigorous learning can be more portable, more individualized, and more interwoven with creativity and play. This award is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5).

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